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Table 1 Example of items from the Sense of Coherence scale 13-item version (SOC-13), its sub-dimensions and coding

From: Rasch analysis of the sense of coherence scale in a sample of people with morbid obesity – a cross-sectional study

Item Dimension Coding Question
1 ME Rev Do you have the feeling that you don’t really care about what goes on around you?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Seldom or never       Very often
2 CO Rev Has it happened in the past that you were surprised by the behavior of people whom you thought you knew well?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Never happened       Always happened
3 MA Rev Has it happened that people whom you counted on disappointed you?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Never happened       Always happened
4 ME   Until now your life has had:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    No clear goals or purpose at all       Very clear goals and purpose
8 CO   Do you have very mixed-up feelings and ideas?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Very often       Very seldom or never
10 MA Rev Many people—even those with a strong character— sometimes feel like sad sacks (losers) in certain situations. How often have you felt this way in the past?
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Never       Very often
11 CO   When something happened, have you generally found that:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    You overestimated or underestimated its importance      You saw things in the right proportion
  1. Note: CO = Comprehensability, MA = Manageability, ME = Meaningfulness, Rev = reversed coding.